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Martin A. GAFFEY Obituary
GAFFEY, Martin A. Martin A. Gaffey, 86, beloved husband of Joyce (St. Arnauld) Gaffey died on Wednesday, (April 20, 20ll) at the Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville, CT. Born in Hartford, CT on April 10, 1925, he was the son of the late Martin Albert Gaffey and Pauline and Joseph Zabrowski. Martin, known by all as "Marty," resided in Meriden since a young child and attended St. Joseph Elementary School and Meriden High School. He left high school to serve in the United States Navy during World War II aboard the U.S.S. Boise and was called back during the Korean War. He helped to defend our county in the South Pacific and European theaters including the Battle of Guadalcanal. Martin has chaired the USS Boise reunion committee and was active with the Veterans of Foreign War Post 9965 and Meriden's Antique Veterans. Returning home from the Navy, Marty married his lovely wife Joyce in 1950 and became employed by the Connecticut Light & Power Company in Meriden. He worked for CL&P and Northeast Utilities in Berlin for 41 years where for most of his career he worked as Purchasing Agent for material investment recovery. He served as the Democratic Registrar of Voters from 1965 to 1983 and during that time Marty was elected President of the Registrars of Voters Association of CT. He was presented with the Registrar of the Year award by the late Govemor Ella Grasso. Marty has long been affiliated with numerous community volunteer activities, civic and fraternal organizations. In addition to his wife Joyce, Marty is survived by his son and daughter in law Michael and Marcia Gaffey of Old Lyme, daughter and son in law Patricia and William August of Haddam, son Thomas P. Gaffey of Meriden, son Mark Gaffey of Bristol and daughter and son in law Katherine and Bryan Uryase of Meriden. He is also survived by l0 additional grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son Paul M. Gaffey and grandson Thomas M. Gaffey. Marty was an avid fisherman and enjoyed many happy years camping with his family at Hammonassett State Park and on Cape Cod as well as at the beach house at Point O'Woods in Old Lyme CT. He was a loyal NY Giants, and Red Sox fan and loved to go see the games at Fenway Park with his son Paul. He loved the UConn Huskies Basketball teams (particularly the girls) and was thrilled to attend the Men's first Final Four to see the team beat Duke for the national championship. The funeral will be held on Tuesday, (April 26, 2011) at 10:15 a.m. from the John J. Ferry & Sons Funeral Home, 88 East Main Street, Meriden, CT 06450 and at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church for a Mass of Christian burial. Burial with Military Honors will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday, (April 25, 2011) from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to the CT Chapter of the , 2075 Silas Deanne Highway, Suite 100, Rocky Hill, CT 06067. The Gaffey family is grateful to the entire staff at the Alzheimer's Resource Center in Plantsville, CT for their loving care and support of Martin over the past 15 months. www.jferryfh.com

Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 23, 2011
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